chapter  4
Future vision for a unified Korean peninsula: aU.S. perspective
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Most of the studies on unification so far have typically dealt with such issues as the legitimacy of reunification, the cost and benefits of unification,2 the evolution of unification policy on both sides of Korea, inter-Korean dialogue toward unification, comparisons with the cases of Germany and other countries previously divided, different theoretic approaches and scenarios,3 domestic factors and public support for unification, international security environment and conflicting interests among the surrounding nations over the peninsula, and contingency plans for possible collapse of the North Korean regime. However, time has proved some of the earlier arguments favoring a particular approach or formula are no longer valid as the policies of the authorities on both sides of Korea have changed.